The Bill Nye Movie is now Kickstarter’s most funded documentary.

The Bill Nye Film Is Now the Highest Funded Documentary in Kickstarter History    

The Bill Nye Film Is Now the Highest Funded Documentary in Kickstarter History    

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Aug. 12 2015 4:14 PM

The Bill Nye Film Is Now the Highest Funded Documentary in Kickstarter History

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Bill Nye speaks onstage during the seventh Annual Shorty Awards on April 20, 2015 in New York City.

Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for The Shorty Awards

Whether he’s turning himself into a human tetherball pole to explain gravitational pull, guest-starring in a comedy sketch with Amy Schumer and the Broad City ladies, or getting into Twitter debates about meteors with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye has long been one of the most appealing science educators in the country. Two fans who grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy admire Nye so much that they’ve decided to make a documentary about him—a project that has generated enough enthusiasm to make “The Bill Nye Film” the highest-funded documentary film in Kickstarter history.

As of the publication of this blog post, with 29 hours to go, the project has 15,589 backers who have pledged a total of $772,503—far surpassing the funding goal of $650,000. The “full access, exclusive film,” which will be made while filmmakers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg follow Nye on a speaking tour, promises to be “the definitive film on Bill Nye The Science Guy and his quest to change the world with science.” If you’d like to donate before the deadline passes on Thursday, there are all kinds of Bill-themed rewards available for new backers to claim, including the coolest reward of all: For a mere $10,000, Bill Nye will show up at your kid’s school as a substitute teacher.